Raster to Parametric CAD (R2P)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41523
Amount: $99,912.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Arthur Keen
 (512) 416-1161
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
The on of CALS Type I raster mechanical drawings to parametric vector format, and to parametric 30 solid models by leveraging KBSI's 30 k bandwidth, have a finite resolution, often suffer from poor image quality, and are expensive to maintain and edit. These limitations impact electronic commerce, competitive reprocurement, and maintenance. None of the many raster to vector conversion products produce parametric vector drawings (PVD). In PVDs, the text and symbols are bidirectionally associated with the drawings geometry, so a change to a dimension will cause a change to the geometry of the drawing. Conversely, in a vector drawing, a change to a dimension will have no effect on the geometry. In fact, some raster to vector products convert the text into vectors, so they are not even understanding the text. KBSI is currently developing technology that will allow furthur processing to convert the vector file to a solid file format. The availability of this tool will increase the value and extend the usefulness of existing legacy data, as well as, decrease maintenance cost. BENEFITS: This project will enable billions of drawings to be inexpensively converted to parametric CAD, reducing the cost of product data maintenance by an order of magnitude.

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